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Teofimo Lopez beats Josh Taylor to win WBO super-lightweight title
In a stunning showdown at Madison Square Garden, Teofimo Lopez defeated Josh Taylor to become the new WBO super-lightweight champion. With this victory, he also ended Taylor’s unbeaten record and world title reign that had lasted since May 2019.
A masterful performance by Lopez
Lopez delivered an exceptional performance as he used his blurring fists and slick movement to take command in the second half of the bout. Despite an impressive start by Taylor with some accurate jabs and crunching body shots, it was clear that Lopez was the superior boxer on the night.
Taylor struggles against Lopez
The Scotsman struggled to cope with his opponent’s hand speed and footwork which led him slipping to the canvas in the third round. Although he managed to fight back in rounds five and six, it wasn’t enough as Lopez continued to showcase his skills throughout each round.
The future for both fighters
Despite losing his title, Taylor expressed interest in having a rematch with López stating; “I would love to do it again because I know I am better than that and I know I can beat him.” However, now that López has won titles across two weight classes after previously holding all four lightweight belts before losing them last year against George Kambosos Jr, he will likely have other challengers vying for his attention.
Only time will tell what the future holds for these two talented boxers. For now, boxing fans can appreciate the skill and dedication that both fighters displayed in this unforgettable bout at Madison Square Garden.
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